SENATORS PROTEST FOLLOWING VOTE TO POSTPONE INTERPELLATION
(Defend Haiti) -
PORT-AU-PRINCE - The Haitian Senate failed Saturday night to decide on the fate of two members of the Martelly-Conille government whose connection with the arrest of Deputy Arnel Bélizaire (Delmas & Tabarre/Veye-Yo) would result in an interpellation.
The session to interpellate two members of the executive was intercepted by Senator Andris Riché (Grand Anse/Alternative), who successfully had the senate resolve to form a commission of inquiry. The commission will report its findings, at least 24 hours ahead of a Novemeber 15 session.
Five members: François Joseph Anick (Artibonite/Alternative), John Joël Joseph (Ouest/Inite), Riché Andris, Jean William Jeanty (Nippes/KONBA) and Simon Dieuseul Desras (Centre/Lavni) are the commission.
Senators Moïse Jean-Charles (Nord/Inite), Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aime (Nord-Est/Inite), Fritz Carlos Lebon (Sud/Inite) and Nènèl Cassy (Nippes/Inite) left the session in protest.
All four, including Senator Steven Benoit (Ouest/Alternative) were prepared to interpellate and take a vote of no-confidence against both members of the government.
On October 28th, the Haitian Senate declared "solidarity" with the Lower House of Parliament whose member, Arnel Bélizaire, was arrested with parliamentary immunity on October 27th.
Parliamentarians who arrived to greet their colleague at the airport were impeded from entering the Toussaint Louverture International Airport's Diplomatic Room.
The Haitian National Police and peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) had restricted access to the airport since 4:00 p.m..